US 20060273963 A1
An accessory for an electronic device, such as a mobile phone, includes a mounting portion and a coupling portion. The mounting portion is adapted for mounting to an antenna region of the electronic device. The coupling portion is coupled to the mounting portion and adapted for detachable coupling to an object to thereby couple the electronic device to the object.
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a mounting portion adapted for mounting to an antenna region of the electronic device; and
a coupling portion coupled to the mounting portion and adapted for detachable coupling to an object to thereby couple the electronic device to the object.
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This application claims benefit of and incorporates by reference patent application Ser. No. 60/686,623, entitled “Cell Ring,” filed on Jun. 3, 2005, by inventor Franklin F K Chen.
This invention relates generally to electronics, and more particularly, but not exclusively, provides a ring or clasp with an embedded antenna or for covering an antenna of an electronic device, such as a mobile phone, global positioning satellite (GPS) device, personal digital assistant (PDA) or radio.
Electronic devices, such as mobile phones, are easily lost as they are small and are often placed in pockets or purses where they are not secured or tethered. Accordingly, the devices can easily be misplaced or fall out.
One solution is to use clip-on mechanisms attached to the side of a device to couple the electronic device to a belt or other article of clothing. However, clip-on mechanisms, when integral with the device, make the device bulky.
Accordingly, a new non-bulky device is needed to enable the coupling of an electronic device to an object.
Embodiments of the invention provide an accessory for an electronic device such as a mobile phone, PDA, etc. The accessory comprises a mounting portion adapted for mounting to an antenna region of the electronic device; and a coupling portion coupled to the mounting portion and adapted for detachable coupling to an object to thereby couple of the electronic device to the object. In an embodiment of the invention, the accessory is adapted for acting as an antenna for the electronic device; the antenna can be embedded within the accessory or a portion of the accessory (e.g., into the coupling portion).
In one embodiment, the mounting portion has insertion region adapted for insertion into an antenna socket defined in the antenna region of the electronic device. The insertion region can be threaded to permit threadable coupling to a corresponding threaded area of the antenna socket or can be adapted for frictionally engaging at least a portion of the antenna socket when the insertion region is inserted into the antenna socket to frictionally couple the insertion region to the electronic device. Also, the mounting portion includes a bore adapted for receiving by insertion therein an antenna extending from the antenna region of the electronic device. The bore of the mounting portion can be adapted for frictionally engaging at least portion of the antenna inserted into the bore to frictionally couple the antenna to the mounting portion.
In an embodiment of the invention, the accessory can further comprise a rotational coupling interposed between the coupling portion and the mounting portion to permit rotation of the coupling portion with respect to the mounting portion about an axis extending through the rotational coupling.
In an embodiment of the invention, the coupling portion comprises a hook. The hook can define a space sufficiently sized to permit extension therein of a finger of a user. A latch can also pivotally coupled to a root area of the hook proximate the mounting portion and extending between the root area and a free end of the hook. The latch can be biased in a direction to close a break defined between the root area and free end of the hook.
In an embodiment of the invention, the coupling portion comprises a clasp. The clasp can define a space sufficiently sized to permit extension therein of a finger of a user. The clasp can have a deflecting portion extending across a break defined in the clasp and biased in a first direction to close the break, the clasp further including a lever adapted for permitting a user to deflect the deflecting portion in a second direction opposite the first direction and thereby expose the break. The lever and deflecting portion can be located on opposite sides of the mounting portion. In another embodiment, the lever and deflecting portion can be located on a common side of the mounting portion.
In an embodiment of the invention, the coupling portion comprises a generally D-shaped ring having an arcuate member having a first end pivotally coupled to an elongated portion member, the arcuate portion being biased in a direction to urge a second end of the arcuate member towards the elongated portion. The D-shaped ring can define a space sufficiently sized to permit extension therein of a finger of a user.
In an embodiment of the invention, the coupling portion comprises a generally rectangular shaped ring having a three sided member having a first end pivotally coupled to the single sided member, the three sided member being biased in a direction to urge a second end of the three sided member towards the single sided member.
Embodiments of the invention also provide a method comprising providing the accessory described above and operating the coupling portion to couple it to an object.
Non-limiting and non-exhaustive embodiments of the present invention are described with reference to the following figures, wherein like reference numerals refer to like parts throughout the various views unless otherwise specified.
The following description is provided to enable any person having ordinary skill in the art to make and use the invention, and is provided in the context of a particular application and its requirements. Various modifications to the embodiments will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art, and the principles defined herein may be applied to other embodiments and applications without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Thus, the present invention is not intended to be limited to the embodiments shown, but is to be accorded the widest scope consistent with the principles, features and teachings disclosed herein.
The ring 120 can be located where an external antenna would normally be coupled to the electronics section 110, such as in the upper right or left hand corner of the electronics section 110. The ring 120 is approximately circular in shape with an inner diameter of about 0.5 inches to about 1 inch. In one embodiment, the ring 120 has an inner diameter large enough to loop around a bearer's index finger. The ring 120 can form an antenna or have an antenna within the ring 120. In an embodiment in which the antenna is embedded within the ring 120, the antenna can have a length equal to the circumference of the ring 120 (e.g., to form a loop antenna) or a length less than the circumference of the ring 120. The antenna is coupled to circuitry within the electronics section 110.
The ring 120 can be made from one or more materials, such as injection molded plastic, lightweight metals, and/or decorative metals, etc. to form a rigid structure. Accordingly, the ring 120 enables the device 100 to be hooked onto the bearer's clothing (such as belt loops and pockets), or straps/rings (such as those of a shoulder bag and backpacks). The device 100 also affords the bearer a more secure grip with a finger through the ring shaped structure of embodiments of the invention. The ring 120 also enables the bearer to twirl the device 100 around the bearer's finger.
The clasp 210 can be coupled to the electronics section 110 via a threaded attachment, adhesive, or other technique. In an embodiment of the invention, the clasp 210 can be manufactured with the electronics section 110 in a single piece.
The foregoing description of the illustrated embodiments of the present invention is by way of example only, and other variations and modifications of the above-described embodiments and methods are possible in light of the foregoing teaching. For example, many of the features described in the above embodiments are interchangeable between embodiment. Further, components of this invention may be implemented using a programmed general purpose digital computer, using application specific integrated circuits, or using a network of interconnected conventional components and circuits. Connections may be wired, wireless, modem, etc. The embodiments described herein are not intended to be exhaustive or limiting. The present invention is limited only by the following claims.